Could the Southern Gulf Cod Be Extinct by 2050?
DFO Scientists Point Finger at Grey Seal Predation as a Major Cause
The plight of the Atlantic cod has been in the headlines for decades in this region, with most of the attention focused on the Northern cod stock off eastern Newfoundland.
But a new study has highlighted the cod stock in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence and the news is not promising.
A recent report from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) stated that the outlook for this particular cod stock remains grim.
Pearcey’s Twine Store
Pearcey's Twine Store and Stage has been a fixture on the Battery side of St. John's harbour for generations.
Photos by Jennifer Oake and Krista Jestican
Another Deadliest Catch Captain to Headline Splashes of Safety Gala
Above photo: Captain Keith Colburn shared stories of the Bering Sea with Splashes of Safety guests in 2018. This year Deadliest Catch star Captain Casey McManus of the F/V Cornelia Marie will be the guest speaker for the evening. Contributed Photo
Safety excellence in the Nova Scotia fishing industry will be celebrated and recognized at the second annual Splashes of Safety gala at the Westin Hotel in Halifax on Sept. 27.
Organized by the Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia ...
Harvesting Plan Announced for 2019 Northern Cod Fishery
Harvesters in eastern Newfoundland are either already on the water or are gearing up for the 2019 Northern cod fishery.
This spring, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) reported that the spawning stock biomass (SSB) for 2J3KL cod had returned to its level of two years ago, about 48 per cent of the critical level needed for a healthy fishery or 398,000 tonnes. In fact, DFO actually revised its 2018 stock projection. The department reported that the 2018 SSB had been revised from ...
Legislation Expected this Fall to Lift N.S. Licence Freeze
The moratorium on the issuance of new licences for fish buying and processing in Nova Scotia could soon be lifted.
“We’re probably going to take legislation to the legislature this fall around that,” said Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell in an interview.
A licensing policy review, initiated after concerns were expressed by industry over a number of things including grandfathered licenses and what are commonly referred to as bingo card licences, has been ...
Government Committee Releases Report on Climate Change Impacts to Lobster and Snow Crab
The House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans recently released a report related to its study of the migration of lobster and snow crab in Atlantic Canada and the impact of climate change on carapace size.
The report entitled In Hot Water — Lobster and Snow Crab in Eastern Canada, included 10 recommendations, which focused on the need for more research (climate and economic impacts in particular), as well as the need to collaborate with harvesters (i.e. to advance ...
Wooden Boat Museum Unveils New Exhibit
The Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador in Winterton recently unveiled a new exhibit, entitled Evolving Traditions: People, Place and Wooden Boats.
The new exhibit is a representation of Newfoundland and Labrador’s diverse boatbuilding heritage and provides a window into the character of the people and the places they belong.
The popular Trinity Bay museum underwent an interior makeover over the winter involving the installation of the new exhibit, as well, changes were ...
A Monster Exhibit: Model of Record Catch to be Unveiled at Yarmouth Shark Scramble
Above photo: Yarmouth Shark Scramble co-founder Bob Gavel poses with the record-setting short-fin mako shark when it was landed in 2004. A life-size replica of the mako will soon be on display on the Yarmouth waterfront at Rudder’s Wharf, home of the tournament. Contributed photo.
A life-sized replica of the record-setting mako shark caught during the 2004 Yarmouth Shark Scramble will soon be on display at Rudder’s Wharf on the Yarmouth waterfront.
“We just ordered it yesterda...
Lobster Council of Canada Marks 10 Years
Now in its 10th year of operation, the Lobster Council of Canada (LCC) “has evolved to be a self-funding lobster sector organization that represents the entire value chain from the wharf to the market,” says executive director Geoff Irvine.
“Over the past decade we have taken significant steps to improve the way the lobster sector works together and raise the value of the lobster resource for all,” said Irvine, who has been at the helm as executive director since day one.
Northern Cod Stewardship Fishery Receives 30 Per Cent Increase
The soap opera that is the 2J3KL cod fishery continues.
Last year, after several years of cautious growth, the commercial Northern cod catch limits were reduced by 25 per cent to under 10,000 tonnes by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).
The reduction did not come as a real shock to anyone following DFO’s earlier 2018 announcement that 2J3KL cod had experienced a 29 per cent single-year decline in spawning stock biomass (SSB).
Last year, the 29 per cent single-year decline ...